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Postgraduate Course: Disorders of language functions (PSYL11029)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummarySince the very beginning of the scientific enquiry language disorders have played a crucial role in the study of human cognition and its representation in the brain.

Students from outside the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences should contact the Course Organiser to ensure their suitability in enrolling.
Course description The course will begin with an introduction to the different medical, psychological and linguistic traditions and the way in which they have shaped the methods and models of aphasia research. The course will then examine the main types of aphasia and demonstrate how specific neuropathological mechanisms can influence the pattern of language breakdown observed in aphasic patients. It will draw on observation of different neurological conditions, including stroke as well as different forms of neurodegeneration such as progressive aphasia and semantic dementia. The insights won from the study of aphasia will be discussed in the context of current research in other areas of neuroscience.

The course will also address the issue of bi- and multilingualism and the question to what extent aphasic symptoms are shaped by specific features of different languages (cross-linguistic research).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students should have a background either in neuroanatomy / neuropsychology or in linguistics / psycholinguistics. Due to the interdisciplinary character of the course students are also expected to be prepared to assimilate knowledge from outside their original speciality.

Students from outside the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences should contact the Course Organiser to ensure their suitability in enrolling.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate knowledge of the main theoretical concepts underlying the study of aphasia and the way in which they influence the approach to the study of aphasic phenomena
  2. translate these insights into the ability to critically evaluate and interpret past, present, and future, aphasia research, its quality, strengths, weaknesses, novelty and impact
  3. develop skills to integrate these insights into an oral presentation as well as an ability to critically review the quality of other presentations on this topic
Reading List
Alfonso Ardila - Aphasia Handbook, Florida International University

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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course is highly interdisciplinary, including insights from medicine, psychology, neuroscience and linguistics, so whatever the academic background of the students might be, they should be prepared to make themselves familiar with other disciplines and their terminology.
KeywordsAphasia,Language Disorders,Neuropsychology
Course organiserDr Thomas Bak
Tel: (0131 6)50 9861
Course secretaryMs Pilar Rodriguez Couceiro
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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